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Goderich, Ontario in 1900s

The Canada Company acquired the vast amount of land called the Huron Tract from the Chippewa First Nation in 1826 and in 1827, under Superintendent John Galt, established its base in what would become Goderich. Development was under way by 1829. In 1850, with a population of about 1,000, the community was incorporated as a town. In addition to Galt, another important individual was Dr. William "Tiger" Dunlop who was Warden of the Forests for the Canada Company, and helped develop the Huron Tract and later, to found Goderich. Also noteworthy, Thomas Mercer Jones administered much of the million acre Tract and built a richly furnished mansion, Park House, in Goderich in about 1839.

Town records indicate that the Huron Tract had been acquired by the government from the Chippewa First Nation and that the location of the community was based on coastal surveys completed in 1824 by Captain Bayfield. A log cabin was erected, at the top of the hill overlooking the harbor in 1827; this building, the home of Dr. William "Tiger" Dunlop, was later referred to as "The Castle".

The Smith's Canadian Gazetteer of 1846 describes Goderich as follows:

It was laid out in 1827 by Mr. Galt ... the town is rather exposed to north and north west winds from the lake, in consequence of which the weather is occasionally wintry, even in the middle of summer ... Owing to Its remote situation ... Goderich has not increased as fast as many other places of the same age. A harbour has been constructed but the piers are now getting out of repair. This is the only harbour between Port Sarnia and the Saugeen Islands. A light house is just about being erected .... A steamboat and several schooners have been built here. Stages run twice a week from Goderich to London and Galt, and during the last season the steamboat Goderich called here on her weekly trips ... A fishing company was established here, some years since, but from some mismanagement did not succeed very-well, and is now broken up. Goderich contains five churches and chapels, ... there is also a stone jail and court house, and the Canada Company's offices... Post Office, post four times a week. Population, 659."
Turquallah Hut, 1897
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Wrecked, 1897

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Posed picture of four men and bicycles after crash on path; three women in background; trees frame view on either side; 'View of Goderich and vicinit... more

Bathing in Lake Huron, Menesetung Park, July 1897

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Group portrait of five men, some of whom are dressed women's bathing attire posed on dock; canoe in foreground; 'View of Goderich and vicinity' impri... more

Goderich Harbour, 1924

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Winter Picture of Goderich harbour with three ships in port; two larger ships in foreground are side by side; buildings and railroads on left; frozen... more

Lake Huron, Goderich, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Panoramic view from cliff facing out to lake; point of land in background with water surrounding; trees in foreground at both left and right. May be ... more

In the park, 1897

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Group photo of seventeen men and women in park setting; lake bank in background; musical instruments in foreground or in hands of people; single chai... more

The start, 1897

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Posed group portrait of fourteen men and women; figures alternate between men and women with men seated on bicycles; all men wearing hats; building i... more

Turquallah Hut, 1897

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Group portrait of thirteen men and women, facing front; six lay in foreground with bicycles; six women stand holding banner in background; central ch... more

At home, 1897

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Fifteen men and women seated on porch; many wearing hats or holding instruments; bicycles in foreground; banner suspended from pillars; View of Goder... more

Menesetung Park, July 1897

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Group portrait of five men, some of whom are dressed women's bathing attire posed building a pyramid on beach; canoe in foreground; dock in backgroun... more

On the bluffs, 1897

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Group portrait of five men, some of whom are dressed women's bathing attire posed climbing clay bluffs; men located in background; View of Goderich a... more

No. 3, Goderich Harbor, looking east from park, 1897

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .View of Goderich Harbor at low tide; ship hidden by lumber in foreground; Ship Island in centre; View of Goderich and vicinity imprint on left of car... more

Monarch, Goderich Harbour, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Steam ship in harbour; three people on bow and three people on upper decks; shore in background visible on right; View of Goderich and vicinity impri... more

Coming around curve in grove, Goderich, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Train engine with six cars on railway track; trees on both sides; engine with cow catcher facing camera in centre of image View of Goderich and vicin... more

Becklers Mills Falls, Benmiller, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .River with waterfalls in foreground; buildings on shoreline in background; rock formation in lower right corner; View of Goderich and vicinity imprin... more

Square, Goderich, bicycle parade

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Parade of bicycles in centre of streetscape; buildings in background; small boys, pole and puddle reflecting same on right; View of Goderich and vici... more

School Number 5, Colborne, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Group portrait of 67 students and teachers in front of frame building; three windows in background; face peering from centre window; teacher standing... more

John Morris Birthday Party, 1888

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Group portrait of family gathering; sixty-six people seated & standing in front of frame house; empty frame chair in front row on right; (written acr... more

Point Farms summer resort, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Front view of three story, frame hotel, Victorian-style tower flying Union Jack; large gathering of people in midground observing sporting match; Sal... more

River mouth about 1860

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Mouth of Maitland River; steam locomotive with one car in lower right quadrant; trees in lower right and on far side of shore; View of Goderich and v... more

Goderich Harbour, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Goderich Harbour facing south west in winter; ships moored along pier; grain elevators on right; broken ice in lower right quadrant; ship left of cen... more

Ships in Goderich harbour, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Five freighters, facing right, in Goderich Harbour; dark hulls, smoke rising from smoke stacks; wooden dock at left; grain elevators in background; i... more

Four women in field of flowers, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Four women in a field of wildflowers; head and shoulders of woman seated on extreme left is shown in profile, she wears a bonnet; woman second from l... more

Outdoor family portrait, 1900

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Seven people posed sitting on grass in field; woman on right wears dark dress with high ruffled collar, dark cape with light buttons and dark hat; ma... more

Where lake and river meet, Goderich, 1902

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .View of the mouth of Maitland River; cloudy day; small sail boat in front of breakwall on left; river in foreground; river shore and beach at right; ... more

Lake Huron, Goderich, 1910

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Clay cliff facing out to lake; point of land in background with water surrounding; trees in foreground at both left and right; title in pencil and Sa... more

Turning first sod, Goderich and Guelph Railway, September 12, 1904

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Group portrait of men standing in distance, facing front. Most dressed in dark suits, coats, wearing hats. Two small girls in pinafores & straw hats ... more

Court House Square, Goderich, Ontario, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Court House building in center of photo surrounded by trees in park; street in foreground; buildings on right and left of frame..Object ID : 0488-rrs... more

Marching cadets, 1902

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Cadet corp marching down street; Hotel Bedford in background; trees on left, buildings on right; assorted bicycles plus horses and wagons line street... more

Attrill's Point, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Overlooking mouth of Maitland River; Goderich Harbour in lower left quadrant; Lake Huron in background; title Attrill's Point and Sallows name in low... more

Goderich Harbor, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Overlooking ships in Goderich harbour; grain elevators on right; smokestack left of centre; piles of stacked lumber and wooden building in lower righ... more

Platts Mill on the river flats, 1870

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Train engine with two cars on railway track in lower left quadrant; lumber mill in upper right quadrant; trees on right; river and river bank in back... more

C.P.R. landslide at Goderich, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Twisted iron steam shovel laying on its side; iron door hanging open in centre; trestle bridge in background on left; Sallows imprint in lower right ... more

Looking W.S.W. from Court House, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Streetscape of single block of Goderich Square taken from elevated position; park and trees in foreground; buildings in middleground, lettering on ro... more

Views of Goderich and Vicinity

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description:."No.6--Looking W.S.W. From Court House. Photographed By R.R. Sallows" -- photo taken from the Court House looking towards the lake between Montreal an... more

Huron County Public School Teachers' Convention, Goderich, Ontario, 1919

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Large gathering of men and women posed in front of brick building; grass in foreground; sidewalk leading off side and small pine tree in lower left q... more

Ships docked in Goderich Harbour, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Goderich Harbour with six ships in port; three larger ships in foreground are side by side; tall, rectangular building at right; note on back: The Sc... more

Building on fire, date unknown

Photographer: Reuben R. Sallows (1855 - 1937)..Description: .Multi-storey frame elevator built by Goderich Elevator & Transit Company shown being destroyed by fire; large cloud of smoke on left; trees in foregr... more